How did the players fare in Middlesbrough's 1-1 draw with Nottingham Forest?


Samba 6; CASH 7, Dawson 6, Worrall 6, Robinson 6; Yates 6 (Adomah 84), Watson 5; Silva 6 (Semedo 76), Lolley 6, Amoebi 5 (Carvalho 71); Grabban 4.

Subs (not used): Muric (gk), Figueiredo, Mir, Rodriguez.


7 Pears: Didn’t have much to do, but made a good low save from Ameobi at the start of the second half

6 Spence: Did not look out of place on his second league appearance, but wasn’t able to repeat Saturday’s threat in attack

7 Howson: Was beaten by Yates for the header that opened the scoring for Forest, but performed well at both centre-half and full-back

8 AYALA: Defended superbly throughout, winning headers, making tackles and putting his body on the line to block shots

7 Fry: Another impressive performance from the youngster, whose positional sense continues to improve

6 Coulson: Delivered some useful crosses from the left-hand side and put in a hard-working shift defensively

7 McNair: Became much more of an attacking factor in the second half and held his nerve to level from the spot

5 Clayton: Positioned himself in front of the three centre-halves, but was extremely sloppy when in possession

6 Saville: Worked away diligently at the heart of midfield and helped shut down Forest’s attacking play

6 Tavernier: Was quickly dropped back into midfield after starting up front, but wasn’t really able to offer an attacking threat

5 Fletcher: Battled away against the Forest centre-halves, but found himself isolated for most of the game


7 Johnson (for Spence, 67): Made a superb run to latch on to McNair’s through ball and win Boro’s penalty

Walker (for Clayton, 73)

(not used): Mejias (gk), Wood, Bola, Liddle, O’Neill.

Man Of The Match: DANIEL AYALAThe Boro skipper led the defensive line superbly and ensured Grabban was unable to offer any kind of attacking threat.